Priorities to Advance Monitoring of Ecosystem Services Using Earth Observation

Anna F. Cord, Kate A. Brauman, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Andreas Huth, Guy Ziv, Ralf Seppelt

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Managing ecosystem services in the context of global sustainability policies requires reliable monitoring mechanisms. While satellite Earth observation offers great promise to support this need, significant challenges remain in quantifying connections between ecosystem functions, ecosystem services, and human well-being benefits. Here, we provide a framework showing how Earth observation together with socioeconomic information and model-based analysis can support assessments of ecosystem service supply, demand, and benefit, and illustrate this for three services. We argue that the full potential of Earth observation is not yet realized in ecosystem service studies. To provide guidance for priority setting and to spur research in this area, we propose five priorities to advance the capabilities of Earth observation-based monitoring of ecosystem services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-428
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017

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  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem function
  • ecosystem service demand
  • ecosystem service supply
  • remote sensing
  • standardization


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